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Whipple, William (1730-1785) to John Langdon

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00429 Author/Creator: Whipple, William (1730-1785) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 11 May 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 32.8 x 18.2 cm.

Written by Whipple as a Continental Congressman from New Hampshire. He was also a colonel of militia and later signed the Declaration of Independence. To Langdon as a Continental Congressman from New Hampshire (he was to leave that body in June 1776). References Langdon's's letter of 29 April 1776. Says there was "a little Brush" with the men of war "Roebuch" and "Liverpool." Says the ships came up as far as Wilmington, Delaware and stole cattle from the Jersey shore. Reports that 18 gallies made two attacks on the ships. The first one was undertaken at too far a distance to be effective, but the second one caused more damage to the British ships without damage to the gallies. The men of war were followed down as far as New Castle. The action took place in front of many spectators from Philadelphia. The gallies were said to fight with "great spirit & Resolution."

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